Average weather in January in Cape Town (Western Cape), South Africa

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Cape Town in January is 15.7°C (60.26°F). January is a dry month with an average of 14mm (0.6in) rain. This makes it the driest month of the year. It rains on average a total of 5 days. The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 26.0°C (78.8°F). If you enjoy looking at a blue sky and love the sun than this is a great time to go to Cape Town with 338 hours of sun.


So what to wear in January? Visitors traveling to Cape Town might want to wear dresses, tops, T-shirts and skirts made of cotton or linen. Shorts for men made of cotton or linen are good options for staying cool on a hot day. With a water temperature of around 18.0°C (64.4°F),

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For other monthly average weather and what to do in January look at the numbers below.

Monthly Averages in January

Show in Celsius

Min Temperature 60 °F
Max Temperature 78 °F
Water Temperature 64 °F
Chance of Rain 18%
Precipitation 1 in
Rainy Days 6
Sunshine Hours 338

Where to stay in Cape Town

Where to go in South Africa in January

Find out more about the weather in South Africa in January and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in January.

Swimming
10/10
Cycling
8/10
Walking
8/10
Barbeque
10/10
Camping
10/10
Outdoor sports
8/10

Weather Forecasts for Cape Town (Western Cape)

FRI Aug 12
62°F | 50°F
Heavy rain

Heavy rain

SAT Aug 13
60°F | 46°F
Moderate rain

Moderate rain

SUN Aug 14
56°F | 47°F
Moderate rain

Moderate rain

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